Saving the Life of a Khmer Mother

IMR Heroes Battle for the Survival of a Young Khmer Woman
in the Thailand Gulf


A young Khmer (Cambodian) mother came to the IMR clinic after losing more than three liters of blood during and following childbirth. She was limp in her husband’s arms as he desperately crossed the island shore with all his strength to reach us.

The IMR team quickly took action, not knowing if it was possible to get her to a hospital on time. After starting an IV, the IMR team carried her across the sand to a boat, the only possible transportation, which sped as fast as it could across the water to the mainland to reach the closest hospital. IMR team members kept their patient as comfortable as possible until the boat reached the shore and the team could transfer her to a waiting car for the last leg of the arduous journey. At the hospital, the young mother received a transfusion made possible by IMR and the donors that support our organization. Thankfully, her life was saved, as was that of her son, whom she named Sok Chea.

Thanks to the heroes who make up the IMR volunteer teams, patients like this one are able to win in their battle for survival. In places like the Koh Rong, social and environmental conditions make the equitable treatment of disease challenging. IMR volunteers are able to help patients meet this challenge in every mission we undertake.

Khmer mother and her son, Sok Chea

Are you ready to join the battle for the survival for others? Join IMR July 27-August 3, 2024 as we return to the Koh Rong in the Thailand Gulf to celebrate the people and the lives that have been saved.

IMR’s Partner in the Koh Rong: Song Saa Private Island

Want to participate on a medical mission trip AND enjoy the comfort of a luxurious resort? IMR offers trips for every style of travel and comfort to allow you to do what you do best – care for others. 

Our very special trip to the Thailand Gulf allows you to put your medical skills or desire to help others to use caring for those less fortunate while staying in a five-star resort.  Thanks to our partner and sponsor, the Song Saa Foundation, you can enjoy the rare opportunity to care for others during the day and return to the comforts of the Song Saa Resort after.  Join us in July!

Join Us in Making a Difference.

Bring much-needed acute medical and dental care to a beautiful, culture-rich destination. You can join an IMR medical mission team today!